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LSU seeks horses with gastric ulcers

Clinicians at the Louisiana State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital are evaluating a new investigational drug for the treatment of gastric ulcers in horses

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The Louisiana State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital is seeking horses with gastric ulcers to take part in a study evaluating a new investigational drug. The study is expected to last four to six weeks.

The inclusion criteria, as outlined by the university:

  1. Manageable and co-operative with study procedures.
  2. At least 1 year of age on Study Day 1.
  3. Non-pregnant, non-lactating, non-breeding.
  4. Gastric ulcers present on Day 1 endoscopic assessment.

The study will cover the cost of the farm call, examination fees, sedation, endoscopy, blood work (CBC and Biochemistry panel), and the investigational drug (KB014) or omeprazole (GastroGard), and recheck evaluations. Owners are responsible for all other costs incurred, including board at the farm or other fees not part of the study.

In order to determine if the horse is eligible for the study, it will be sedated, have an endoscope passed up the nose and into the stomach to check for the presence of gastric ulcers. An overnight fast is required prior to the endoscopic procedure. If the horse has ulcers, it will be enrolled in the study and endoscopic rechecks will occur weekly for a maximum of 4 to 6 weeks.

For details, visit the website here.

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